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noun Oceanography.
  1. a device for ascertaining the depth of water.
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Origin of bathometer

First recorded in 1870–75; batho- + -meter
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Historical Examples

  • Bathometer, bath-om′et-ėr, n. an instrument for ascertaining depth.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • But the most ingenious of all contrivances for finding the depth of the sea is Siemen's Bathometer, a very recent invention.

British Dictionary definitions for bathometer


  1. an instrument for measuring the depth of water
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Derived Formsbathometric (ˌbæθəˈmɛtrɪk), adjectivebathometrically, adverbbathometry (bəˈθɒmɪtrɪ), noun
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bathometer in Science


  1. An instrument that is used to measure water depth without the use of a sounding line. The bathometer does not require a line to extend to the bottom because it measures the difference in the gravitational effect of the water surface and of solid ground.
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